Amazing Kids! Magazine

Tips for Writing during the School Year

By Olivia Pineda, Assistant Editor

 

Along with changing colors, falling leaves, and cooler air, the arrival of fall also brings something else for many of us: a new school year! The idea of having new teachers, classes, and friends may be a little intimidating for some of us, but for others, it’s a new, exciting time to say hello to new classmates and try to figure out what the school year will bring. In late August, I began my last year of school before college as a senior in 12th Grade at my high school. While I do feel a little bit wiser, knowing that I’ve finished elementary, middle school, and am close to graduating from high school, senior year also reminds me that I am almost finished with school the way I know it; in the fall of 2012, I will be heading off to college, to begin another adventure entirely unlike anything I’ve experienced before.

In the spirit of new beginnings, I’ve decided to impart a little of what I’ve learned about writing to you. Here are some tips that my teachers gave me when I was younger. As you begin the new school year with a clean slate, I hope that maybe some of these tips may come in handy in order to help you get started with your writing on the right path.

Write what you’re interested about.

Although sometimes our teachers require us to write a book report about a story, we didn’t like that much, when a teacher allows you to pick the topic of your writing, make the most of it. Choose a topic that you find most interesting; your writing will be the most genuine, and you will have the most fun writing about it. If you write about a topic that you don’t think is interesting but you think will help you get a better grade, your teacher will be able to tell that you didn’t like what you were writing about. If you love dolphins, write about dolphins! If you love Harry Potter, make up another story involving Harry Potter, Hermione, and Ron. If you write something that you’re interested in, your writing will be interesting.

Read your work out loud.

Although this may seem silly, reading your writing out loud is the best way to catch grammatical errors and other writing mistakes that you may not catch if you just read it to yourself. Sometimes, we’re in such a rush that we forget to add a word, a comma, or a period. To this day, I always read my essays and anything else that I write for school out loud. If I don’t, I often find that I made a lot of mistakes that I could’ve prevented if I’d just taken five minutes to read my work out loud.

Ask your teacher if you need help.

If you’re confused about a writing assignment, or you’re having trouble coming up with ideas, talk to your teacher. Your teacher is the best resource in helping you make sure that you get the best grade that you can get on your assignment. And, not all teachers are as scary as you may think. If you go up to your teacher before or after school, or during recess, your teacher will love to see that you’re interested in what you’re writing about and truly care about making your writing the best that it can be. In high school, I’m always meeting with my teachers to get clarification on an assignment or to ask them to help me with my homework. I’ve always found that they were more than happy to help me, and that they enjoyed talking with me to help me out.

I truly hope that you will take these tips to heart and use one, two, or all of them at some point in your school year. As a 12th-grader who’s experienced so many things throughout my education, I believe that these are some of the best tips I was ever given and can give to you to help you strengthen your writing. I hope that you have a great school year!